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Dani

Dani,

 

The antiinflammatory Toradol can be used short term. It worked like a charm when morphine failed. It should have been used FIRST!

 

I've been fine with short course of opiates used as needed (hydrocodone).

 

You'll be ok. :)

 

Thank you...I'm just a nervous wreck!!!!!!

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Skyler

Thanks Shanti. I spoke to my doctor & she told me that propofol is always used when she performs surgery but that I can talk to the anesthesiologist just to help clear my mind. I am nervous about pain management after surgery. I will be in the hospital for 3 days afterward. I'm reading that I should stay away from fentanyl, versed, etc. So I'm not sure what I can use.

 

When you talk to the anesthesiologist, ask if they also give benzo. I had cataracts done recently and was told they were planning to use benzos as an adjunct. I told them not to give me any, so they stuck to propofol only. Was fine, but I'm very glad I spoke up.

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Barbarannamated

Just FYI

 

Toradol = ketorolac

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Dani

 

Thanks Shanti. I spoke to my doctor & she told me that propofol is always used when she performs surgery but that I can talk to the anesthesiologist just to help clear my mind. I am nervous about pain management after surgery. I will be in the hospital for 3 days afterward. I'm reading that I should stay away from fentanyl, versed, etc. So I'm not sure what I can use.

 

When you talk to the anesthesiologist, ask if they also give benzo. I had cataracts done recently and was told they were planning to use benzos as an adjunct. I told them not to give me any, so they stuck to propofol only. Was fine, but I'm very glad I spoke up.

 

Thank you. I'm glad you spoke up too. I am a nervous wreck. Did u need something before surgery to calm down? I'm so scared, I think I'll have a severe panic attack :( :(

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Dani

Just FYI

 

Toradol = ketorolac

 

Thanks Barbara

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Skyler

Thank you. I'm glad you spoke up too. I am a nervous wreck. Did u need something before surgery to calm down? I'm so scared, I think I'll have a severe panic attack :( :(

 

I was not nervous before the surgery, but it was an outpatient, they did it in the morning and I got to leave an hour later. You said you would be staying for 3 days? This sounds more involved, but not worthy of a panic attack. I'm glad you are going to speak with the anesthesiologist.

 

~S

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antoinette

I'm supposed to have minor surgery Fri. I don't know if I should go through with it. Won't the anaesthesia make my withdrawal worse? Or the surgery itself be too stressful to my body?

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Skyler

I'm supposed to have minor surgery Fri. I don't know if I should go through with it. Won't the anaesthesia make my withdrawal worse? Or the surgery itself be too stressful to my body?

Hi antonette... I need to watch carefully what I have for anesthesia as I'm at the bottom of a benzo taper and it's necessary to avoid anything that would add benzos to my system, but I the same cautions might not be for ADs... How about reposting your question in your intro thread? You might get more responses.

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Skyler

Thank you. I'm still deciding. I'm so nervous

Are you having local anesthesia?

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antoinette

I really don't know. They are putting me to sleep so is that what it is?

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GiaK

If it's minor and elective to any extent, I would wait Antoinette...there is no completely safe drug used for anesthesia (unless it's local) anything that puts you under or sedates you is a risk at this time.

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Skyler

I really don't know. They are putting me to sleep so is that what it is?

Listen to Gia's advice here, and Alto's advice to wait in the intro thread. Both have lots of knowledge about how surgery effects withdrawal.

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antoinette

Thank you I decided against it. It can wait and I know a lot of people who wake up from it in a panic. That's not what I need now!

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Altostrata

Anybody have any other experiences with surgery and withdrawal hypersensitivity?

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NoMeaning25

Hi everyone

 

 

I need very urgent advise please. I have been dealing with the following symptoms for a couple of months and i am now very worried it might be something more serious like Ovarian Cancer. I have this every single day:

 

- Stomach bloating and lot of gas (I always look pregnant and feel very uncomfortable)

- Constipation (Got it mostly under control now)

- Stomach pains

- Nausea especially in the morning

- Pain in my upper legs (Seldom)

- My uterus feels bloated

- My ovaries are painfull

- I have a pressure feeling down there

- Intercoarse is painful and feels like pressure

- White discharge (Always comes back as Candida)

- Frequent Urination and also doesnt feel like i always fully empty my bladder

 

Now ive been to the doctors and Gyneacologists, they did see something on my ovary but cant tell my what it is. He thinks it might be Endometriosis but i dont have very painful periods and i dont have irregular periods either.

 

He wants to do an explorative Laparoscopy to see whats going on and I am very very scared.

 

Please if anyone can advise me, i would appreciate it very much.

 

I had non of these problems prior to withdrawal, it started just after my reaction in Agust last year. Please i am very very scared i might have cancer. What will happen then?

 

Is a laparoscopy safe and is the anaestisia safe too?

 

Thank you

 

(I am 24 years old)

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NoMeaning25

Dani how did your surgery go? I need a laparoscopy and terrified. I am in severe withdrawal and very scared

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Nikki

Dani I had a hysterectomy in 1999 and because I trusted  the physician so much I would tell myself that as sort of a mantra.

 

"It is okay to be scared, everyone gets nervous before surgery."  "Things will work out well."  "If I am scared I will talk to someone about it and cut the fear in half."

 

I had minor back surgery in 2003 two weeks after I came off Paxil and onto Lexapro.  I don't have an issue with anesthesia (including propofol) other than I wake up crying in the Recovery Room (Nurses must love that!)

 

The propofol is a drug that you wake up quickly from.  It does cause a bit of amnesia as in you don't remember the procedure.

 

There can be hypersensitivity - but it may not happen for you.  It is a fear I've had, we all have.  But there is a greater chance that you won't have it.

 

One other thing....Propofol is used for colonoscopies.  I told the nurse before the procedure I was worried.  She told me that it will actually have a calming effect after the procedure....and it did :)  No anxiety, no side effects, not medication sensitivities.

 

I am not trying to minimize your concerns.  We all have them, it's just normal.  I am saying that I had them big time and was okay.

 

Try coaching yourself in a soothing manner and if you can't, call on one of us to help you thru it.

 

Hugs

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Abilifyneedhelp88

Hi Medfree,

 

I did a little research that might enable you to be a little more informed as to your possible condition.

 

http://www.davincisurgery.com/da-vinci-gynecology/symptoms.php

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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anesthesia/MY00100

 

I would not automatically jump to the conclusion that it is cancer, even if that might be a possibility. You have age on your side.

 

When are you planning to go through with the laparoscopy?

 

 

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Altostrata

Please don't jump to the conclusion you have cancer. Most likely it's something relatively minor. Stay calm and work with your doctor. If there's something you don't understand, ask questions.

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Nikki

Many of your symptoms cross over to endometriosis, (I had it).  Urinary track infection, and yes candida.

 

The laparoscopy is valuable in that an answer will be revealed.  Endometriosis is very painful.  Lots of pressure, bloating.  There is pressure on the bladder and pressure on the cervix.

 

I used to walk every evening after dinner and it became more and more painful.  It was endometriosis and some fibroids.

 

So common.  Not to worry...

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areyouthere

You might want to right down your questions on a piece of paper as you think of them & bring it with you to the next Drs. appt. That way you won't forget something important.

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bananas

I had an ovarian tumor.  Luckily, it was benign.  I had no symptoms whatsoever except that my periods included a lot of spotting.  I just had a gut feeling that something was wrong and went to get checked out.  The tumor was the size of a grapefruit when they took it out.  It was between the ovary and the uterus.  It was it pushing on the uterus that was causing the strange periods.  I had no pain with intercourse, no bloating, no pain of any kind. The only pain I had was when the doctor touched it during the examination.  I was so scared to have the surgery.  I couldn't eat the week before the surgery because my anxiety was out the roof.  I was absolutely terrified of what they would find!  I was 31 and had two little kids to raise. I ended up just losing that ovary in the surgery.  Everything else was fine.  So, I totally understand your fear.  You are going to be alright.  It sounds like the laparoscopy is the best thing to do.  I think they already have a good idea what is going on and just want to make sure.  If there is any endometriosis, they can also clean it out while they are in there.  If they thought it was more serious, they would already have you scheduled for surgery.  When the doctor found my tumor, he scheduled me for surgery before I left his office that day.

 

You are going to be okay.  It isn't going to be as bad as you fear. 

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NoMeaning25

Thank you so much for your responses. I am meeting with another specialist for a second opinion on the 15th. I am hoping it is something minor, i know i am young to have ovarian cancer and that its very rare to have.

 

I am just very scared of the Laparoscopy. Is it a safe procedure? I am in severe withdrawal (Massive DR/DP because of my stress over the situation)

 

Also, can stress set me back in withdrawal? I feel like the beginning of withdrawal all over again. Can severe stress do this???

 

Alto, can you please advise me about the Laparoscopy. Is it safe and what should i ask my Doctor (What anastesia is safe, what drugs to administer and not etc) I am extremely sensitive to medication. I had an antibiotic reaction a couple months ago (NOT to Cipro, but Augmentin) I would never Use Cipro i am aware of the dangers.

 

Thank you

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mammaP

Hi Medfree, I had severe stress a few months ago and it certainly did worsen withdrawal for me.

I was so scared that I was going crazy again and almost had myself admitted to hospital. 

Once I knew it was withdrawal I went with it and once the stress subsided the withdrawal did too.

It was at the same time I took a drop too which didn't help any. 

 

I have 2 friends who had ovarian cysts, one was cancer, the other benign and neither had all the

symptoms you have.  They were both successfully removed and they recovered fine. 

 

I have some of the same symptoms and have candida albicans . It is very

uncomfortable indeed and can be excruciatingly painful. Sometimes my tummy is so bloated  I look and feel

7 months pregnant. I would  take the doctors advice and go for it, whatever it is can be treated and you will be 

free of the fear. 

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Altostrata

Please try to be calm, Medfree.

 

Ask the doctor if you can have the laparoscopy with only local anesthesia. I had an ovarian cyst and my gyn said the procedure, which would remove the ovary, could be done with local anesthetic.

 

Laparoscopy is quite safe, see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003918.htm

 

Can an ultrasound examination be done first? I had one and it turned out I didn't need the laparoscopy -- the cyst was benign.

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NoMeaning25

Hi Alto

 

 

My doctor said that the Laparoscopy cant be done with local anesthesia, only general.

 

So, what should i ask? Which Anesthesia is safest in withdrawal? Is surgery and anesthesia OK in withdrawal?

 

He did an ultrasound, but cant see clearly thats why he wants to open up and see what the problem could be. I am worried

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Nikki

Laparoscopy is not opening a person up, so don't fret that.  It is a minor incision, generally in the naval.  I have gone under general anesthesia right after getting off paxil and onto lexapro.

 

Tell them what you are going through.

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Altostrata

Tell the doctor you have autonomic instability. Anesthesiologists know what to do about this.

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NoMeaning25

Good news (I think)

 

I went for yet another opinion and the Oby/Gyne confirmed there is absolutely nothing wrong with my ovaries. My ovaries look perfect, no cysts, no nothing. He did a vaginal ultrasound and was busy for a long time, making double sure.

 

So he said i shouldnt go for the laparoscopy. He scanned my kidneys and they are fine. He felt my stomach and said that my stomach is the problem. He told me i have massive IBS and spastic colon and that itis pressing against my pelvic area causing the pain and discomfort.

 

What do you guys think? 

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mammaP

That sounds good to me Medfree, IBS certainly does cause all those symptoms!  

I think I would deal with the IBS  through diet and think about a laparoscopy if it doesn't change.

It must be a huge relief for you. :) 

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Altostrata

Great idea -- try to treat the IBS before going for exploratory surgery. Good thing you got a second opinion, it sounds like the second ob/gyn did a more careful study of your tests.

 

One treatment for IBS is probiotics.

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NoMeaning25

I am happy that the new doctor didnt find anything, but i am still worried. I have pelvic pain and lower back pain that is really terrible. I hope its just IBS.

 

I will deal with IBS and if not better within a month or two, will go to a Gynecologist Oncologist for help.

 

Does this Probiotic look good enough? (Remove link if not allowed)

 

http://www.therealthing.co.za/the-real-thing-pro-probiotic-capsules.html

 

If it does, i will buy it and try it out

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Altostrata

The description sounds good. It's good that they say they refrigerate it and advise you to refrigerate it. Good probiotics often need to be kept cold; the bacteria die off from heat. If you mail order, make sure they ship it quickly -- or pick it up in a store.

 

I'm concerned because they do not list the ingredients. Here's a list http://www.iheal.co.za/products.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&category_id=21&product_id=2164&vmcchk=1

 

It appears to contain a yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii (many probiotics do). Are you sensitive to yeast? If so, avoid this.

 

You might find additional information about South Africa probiotics here http://www.health24.com/Diet-and-nutrition/Vitamins-minerals-and-supplements

 

Purchasing a refrigerated product at a reputable natural health products store would be a good way to start with a probiotic http://www.shoporganic.co.za/our-blog/99-natural-health-stores-south-africa

 

See http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2318-irritable-bowel-syndrome-gut-bacteria-and-what-you-can-do/

and other topics discussing probiotics in our Symptoms and Self-care forum.

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Nikki

A surgeon once explained this to me after back surgery (minor) and losing is (depression) which started in the recovery room.

 

I had just finished a crossover from paxil to Lexapro and tearfully I told him how I was feeling.

 

He said that anesthesia is a mixture of drugs which directly affect receptors in the brain and antidepressants affect receptors in the brain so it is not surprising at all that there was a reaction.

 

The good news is it does pass.

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sunnydays0912

So I just found out I'm going to need a minor oral surgery to replace one of my teeth with a implant. I don't know if this is a procedure where I'm totally knocked out with general anesthesia or partially, but I'm pretty sure I will be receiving an IV fluids. I have read before about IV's possibly causing problems with someone taking psych. meds. I think one time even read the fluids accidentally washed out one mans entire blood of the Lexapro he had been taking for over 5 years and he ended up experiencing extreme issues because of it. Though he was given fluids because of severe dehydration, so I think he was given quite a lot.

 

Anyway, before proceeding with this at all, I wanted to know if there are any real concerns for someone with a sensitized NS and tapering like me? I really don't want to do anything that is going to complicate my condition further.

 

Thanks!

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Designgirl732

Thanks Nikki! Yes, I think it passed..i'm glad your dr told you that. I'm not currently on and AD's so it made me extra nervous that was feeling bad again..

I also had a bad reaction to AD's so I guess my brain is super sensitive to anything effecting receptors!

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